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shimmerlings….

we keep it local, keep it real, craft with care; reclaim, reinvent, redesign; repurpose, reimagine, recreate; make it work, make it magic, make it great; use it up, wear it out, pay it forward; upcycle, recycle, recover; create intentionally, enhance whimsy, build beautifully…begin again…

This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal

JeaneMargherite Meria McMahon

Curious.Creative.Captivating
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Mixed Media Artist & Owner

With my business as well as my life, I strive to keep it local, keep it real, craft with care; reclaim, reinvent, redesign; repurpose, reimagine, recreate; make it work, make it magic, make it great; use it up, wear it out, pay it forward; upcycle, recycle, recover; create intentionally, enhance whimsy, build beautifully…next verse same as the first!

Mystical

We have built our reputation for creating beautiful treasures in a manner in which allow them to honor the spiritual and mystical aspects of the each of the components.

Ethical

We are proud to be a part of the Sustainable Upcyle Movement. We are more conscious about the origins of our components and the positive impact on our environment.

Intentional

Each one of our treasures is individually hand crafted with good intention and imbued with positive energy, as well as all the joy we can bring to the add to its new life.

My Superpowers!

INQUISITIVE QUALITIES

Unconventionally Inquisitive

Most children have a “Why? Phase” when they question everything they hear and are told, we are by nature inquisitive as a human race. Fortunately my inherent inquisitive nature was not a phase I grew out of. From opening the box, pulling the curtain and looking under the rock to figuring out how the watch worked, how a car ran and where many things came from and ended up.  I wanted to know everything! In my life and my work I have always been the one wondering why it needed to be done that way, and what would happen if I tried this, and maybe I can get that to work this way…and honestly I’m constantly amazing myself at how wonderfully things work out! Many have forgotten about that childhood wonder and inquisitive nature…I have chosen to nurture mine and it has grown into a power that creates wonderful things!

TRASHIN’ TALENTS

No Rubbish in Refuse

I grew up with four brothers, regardless of the fact that I was the second oldest, I was certainly the smallest…we didn’t have much money living the American Dream of a first generation family from Ireland, which you guessed it meant hand me downs….from my brothers! It was at a tender age that my inquisitive nature was put to practice creating new uses for all and every thing. When I first discovered a Resale Shop in the next town over while exploring with a friend, I almost passed out with glee! Who knew there were places to get ‘hand me downs’ that I might actually WANT?!!  Although not truly appropriately named…in our teens we called these treasure hunts “Trashin”…and to this day I’ve been blessed with the talent of finding just what I want, just when I need it! This has served me well throughout life and in business. Vintage shops, Resale Stores, Estate Sales, Consignment & Antique shops as well as broken equipment, broken jewelry, the hardware store and the generosity of friends is where most of my discoveries are the most fruitful!  The overlooked, underappreciated and forlorn are my favorite components to use with the mystical magic of Mother Nature’s gemstones.

ECO ENTHUSIASM

Welcome to Earth

Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Third Rock from the sun…whatever you call it, this is where we live, it is our home; and as my mother always taught me we keep our home clean.  As almost a culmination of my inquisitive nature and my trashin’ talents this was always a natural habit for me to develop. If it in no way can be reused, recycled or upcycled, it goes into the trash…which always breaks my heart just a little bit at a time.  In our family of 5 (two adults, three teenagers) at the end of any given week we put one 60 gallon garbage can out (and it’s usually not filled) next to the three recycle bins. When anyone comes across something that needs to be recycled…they always ask…”Studio? Or Recycle?”  There is a basket for all the items that are saved until they are taken to my studio…glassware, wine bottles and corks, bottle tops, pull tabs, bread ties…I am always disappointed if there is not much in there each week, and it feels like a treasure hunt when there is!! It happifies me to keep a smaller foot print, to use, reuse, recreate, reimagine…it’s what makes my world go ‘round

More information about JeaneMargherite

My creations are an extension of my personality with all its facetted, eclectic and expressive style. My fascination with repurposing jewelry was conceived at the tender age of ten when I inherited a large box of costume jewelry from my first generation Irish Grandmother. I could see it truly was just a treasure chest of enchantment! I was inspired to deconstruct each piece, until I simply possessed piles of sparkling colorful delight! I held the ones I felt most strongly called to me and allowed the new creation to reveal itself as I worked. The energy amongst those bits and pieces was intoxicating, beautiful new items were created with love from objects that held love and life in them. My friends were amazed with what I had created, and I eventually sold off most of my “new” inheritance to my fellow school mates twenty-five cents at a time!

As I travel through my own journey of being, I have discovered that the more experiences I have in life, the more life I have to offer my work.  I have found inspiration in a myriad of mediums as I have unfolded as an artist.  I have always had a deep appreciation for nature and a passion for found objects as well as all things mystical.  My work reflects the warmth of fire, resilient earthiness, freedom of sky, breath of air and the strength of water, intermingled with the colors of imagination and a whoosh of whimsy. As that has been my journey, it has also been the voyage of my creativity as an artist. I am told I possess an uncanny ability to discover the beauty in the overlooked and underappreciated. I enjoy merging unlikely components and the power of gemstones to create magical treasures, which delight and inspire.

My passion blossomed to business when word spread like wildfire once folks discovered that I had actually created the items I was gifting to friends and family. Requests rolled in with undeniable energy that inspired me to also take part in a few juried art shows. From there I quickly graduated from basement tabletop diversion to serious studio artist.

I believe that each creation has a rightful companion it calls to, and the energy people exude when they have found their treasure, truly delights me….in my passion, that is where I find my joy!

Workshops, Classes and Artistic Study

 During my early adulthood I was interested in so many different styles of art, my studies were extremely varied. I have finished study work at several schools in: Commercial Art, Graphic Design, Product Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Floral Design, Watercolor Painting, Color Study, Ceramics, Collage Works and Fashion Design.

It is my firm believe that we are never finished learning, and although my primary creations have been beadwork in the first years of starting my business, in an effort to expand my skills I have searched out artists who are at the top of their fields in several practices.

In the past 10 years I have been extremely fortunate to study under some wonderfully talented and skilled artists all over the country. Each of these artists is well known in their fields; with this type of instruction in varied mediums I am able to form a well-rounded and balanced skill set that has allowed me to work well in a number of practices and mediums.

Although I have grouped these artists into segments, as a whole they have assisted me to gain experience in the listed skills as well as: enameling (cold, torch and kiln), kiln firing, metal etching, resin paper, fusing, cold connections, soldering, die cutting, sawing, heat patina, metal finishing, deconstruction, working with found objects, steampunk design, mixed metals, metal forming, leather working, ceramics, glass, fabrication, fiber work, image transfer, electroforming, stone cutting and drilling, as well as a host of other brilliant skills.

 

Mixed / Multi Media (Metal, Wire, Fiber, Paper, Resin, Reclaimed Components)

 

Metal / Wire Work / Bench Skills

 

Metal Clay / Kiln Firing / Torch Skills / Reticulation

 

Polymer Clay / Embellishment

 

Glasswork / Lampwork

 

Mixed Beadwork Techniques (Stringing / Weaving / Design)

What's Coming Up for Shimmerlings...

Our newest adventures include the Nomad Studio PopUp & Trunk Parties!  We will be traveling across the country…hopefully with the warmer weather … and hosting mysterious and fun PopUp Parties, and providing creative and personal Trunk Parties!  Follow us on Instagram and our ShimmerlingsFanPage on FB to find out where the next event will be held!!

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